Rail Operations (UK) Ltd has entered into an agreement with European train maker Stadler to secure 30 tri-mode Class 93 locomotives.
The tri-mode Class 93 is have a electrical power rating of 4 MW when running under the UK standard 25 kV 50 Hz electrification system. In addition they also have a 900 kW Caterpillar C32 diesel engine for non-electrified lines, and two Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) traction battery packs which can provide 400 kW of extra power to supplement the engine in a hybrid mode or for emissions-free local shunting.
Rail Operations (UK) Ltd CEO Karl Watts said: “The Class 93 fleet with its array of green credentials will allow us to lead the way in supporting the rail industry deliver its decarbonisation targets. Furthermore, with its impressive state-of-the-art specification, the Class 93s also allow us to develop new markets and modernise many aspects of UK train operations.”
Iñigo Parra, CEO Stadler Valencia added, “The innovative and cost-effective solution will provide environmentally-friendly rail transport services, supporting national decarbonisation strategies and promoting modal shift to rail.”
The first 10 of the Bo-Bo locomotives are due to arrive in 2023.